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Scientists hold their breath for the return of a very special Cuckoo called Chris

Scientists hold their breath for the return of a very special Cuckoo called Chris

0 on April 24, 2014, 11:03 am

Having clocked up over 45,000 miles and his tag having sent around 30,000 messages back to scientists in the UK, Chris the cuckoo is set to return to the East Anglian countryside for his fourth successive summer wearing a unique satellite tag. Chris, named after TV Wildlife Presenter Chris Packham, was tagged by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) on […]

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Early birds can catch a bargain ticket for the Festival on the Farm

Early birds can catch a bargain ticket for the Festival on the Farm

0 on April 24, 2014, 9:24 am

Organisers of the summer family favourite, ‘Festival on the Farm’ have announced a packed programme, special deals for early-bird bookers and the return of an extra-special guest, the Gruffalo. The Festival, organised and funded by Breckland Council, is now even better value, with a 15% reduction on all family tickets booked online before 1 June. Cllr Lynda Turner, Executive Member […]

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Grapes Hill roadworks start heralds Norwich City Centre changes

Grapes Hill roadworks start heralds Norwich City Centre changes

0 on April 24, 2014, 8:14 am

Work starting on Norwich inner ring road’s Grapes Hill on Monday, 28 April, heralds a summer of changes that will transform access to the city centre for buses, and bring improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on busy shopping streets. The construction of a bus lane up Grapes Hill, creation of a new access route into the city centre via Chapel […]

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Anzac, the landing 1915 - The painting depicts the Australian soldiers of the covering force (3rd Infantry Brigade) climbing the seaward slope of Plugge's Plateau which overlooks the northern end of Anzac Cove. The view is to the north, towards the main range. The yellow pinnacle is "The Sphinx" and beyond is Walker's Ridge which leads to Russell's Top. The white bag that each soldier is carrying contains two days of rations which were issued specially for the landing. Picture: Australian War Memorial ID Number: ART02873

Letter from Australia – the importance of ANZAC day

0 on April 24, 2014, 7:50 am

By Chris O’Connor Australia and New Zealand are young nations in comparison with most major nations around the world and its traditions are few and far between. But one tradition remains sacrosanct in Australia and New Zealand and that is what is known as ANZAC day. For those unfamiliar with this day think of Rememberance Day in the UK and […]

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Norfolk’s Cancer Charity and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital joint special information days in May

Norfolk’s Cancer Charity and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital joint special information days in May

0 on April 23, 2014, 8:51 am

  Big C, Norfolk’s Cancer Charity, is to be at the forefront of a series of events helping people affected by cancer find the support they are looking for. In May and November last year, Big C’s Support and Information Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was transformed into a market place filled with information stands from various […]

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New Thetford Nature Trail

New Thetford Nature Trail

0 on April 22, 2014, 7:40 am

Thetford Garden Centre, with the help of Treelink Landcare, have been working hard over these past few months to create a wonderful nature trail at the back of the Garden Centre. Phase one involved cutting back all the trees and hedging plus the removal of any diseased or dead specimens. The tree canopy was lifted by two meters to allow […]

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Hedgehog Hotel celebrate £382 donation from Waitrose Swaffham

Hedgehog Hotel celebrate £382 donation from Waitrose Swaffham

0 on April 22, 2014, 7:05 am

  A local good cause, Hedgehog Hotel, are celebrating receiving £382 from Waitrose Swaffham. The Hedgehog Hotel is run by a small team of 10 local school children and staff. The volunteers care for sick, injured or abandoned hedgehogs from the Breckland region. Their aim is to make each hedgehog gain weight and be rehabilitated so they can be confidently […]

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Councillor Sheila Lister at Monty's food bar

Audio: Swaffham Farmers Market

0 on April 20, 2014, 8:18 pm

On the third Sunday of every month a farmers market is held in Swaffham Market Place.  Breckland View reporter Paul Young went along on Easter Sunday to get a flavour of the event. To find out more about the Swaffham farmers Market you can call: Swaffham Town Hall on 01760 722922 or email: assistantclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

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Common Frog - John Harding/BTO

Garden wildlife springs into action early

0 on April 18, 2014, 8:05 am

As the latest results from the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch reveal, much of our garden wildlife has got going extraordinarily early this year. Results from this weekly survey make interesting reading and highlight that some species became active a month earlier than was the case last year, when snow and cold delayed the start of spring. We […]

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Trevor with his rain catching device

Audio: April Allotment tips

0 on April 17, 2014, 8:09 pm

  April is a busy month in the vegetable growing calendar.  Our reporter Paul Young met up with Breckland Master Gardener Trevor Bunce on his Saham Toney allotment to get some tips.   You can contact Trevor on 01953 884400 For more information, click here:  Breckland Master Gardeners  

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Doctor, doctor prescribe me some poetry!

Doctor, doctor prescribe me some poetry!

on April 17, 2014, 4:12 pm

The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library is hosting a Poetry Clinic in celebration of World Book Night on Tuesday 22 April to highlight the benefits poetry can have on mental health and general well-being. Award-winning poet William Sieghart will lead the evening, in conjunction with Faber and Faber, an independent publishing house. This will form part of his Poetry on […]

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World Horse Welfare launches Year of the Horse competition for young and old

World Horse Welfare launches Year of the Horse competition for young and old

on April 17, 2014, 8:28 am

  To celebrate the Year of the Horse, World Horse Welfare has launched an exciting competition encompassing creative abilities from children and adults. The charity is busy sourcing celebrity judges for the wonderful works of art and exciting prizes for the lucky winners – don’t miss your chance to win by making sure that you submit your entries by midnight […]

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Fashion on the agenda for Norfolk County Council Chairman’s Charity Event

Fashion on the agenda for Norfolk County Council Chairman’s Charity Event

on April 16, 2014, 10:45 am

Norfolk County Council Chairman Hilary Cox is inviting lovers of fashion to attend her charity event next month and celebrate the work of local students. The event, on Friday 23 May in aid of the Big C, consists of a private viewing of key fashion pieces designed by Norwich University of Arts fashion degree students. Guests will also be able […]

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‘Hearty Lives’ project to fight heart disease in Downham Market

‘Hearty Lives’ project to fight heart disease in Downham Market

on April 16, 2014, 10:42 am

A new health trainer project designed to improve the heart health of men – and fight one of the county’s biggest killers – is being launched in west Norfolk this month. Almost one in five men in the UK die from heart disease – The ‘Hearty Lives’ project has been set up to try and reduce this figure by offering […]

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Superfast Broadband is nearly there for Watton

Superfast Broadband is nearly there for Watton

on April 15, 2014, 2:11 pm

Residents of Watton and the surrounding villages can have hardly failed to notice the work going on with the appearance the new green cabinets on roadsides. The benefits of that work are now starting to show in faster broadband speeds generally and also now with the availability to some homes of Superfast Broadband which offers download speeds of 50Mb or […]

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